I was born in Benin City to a Yoruba father from Lagos State, and an Edo Mother from Benin City. My father is Babatunde Olatokunbo Olowu from a lineage of wealthy and successful businessman from Idumagbo area of Lagos State.
Whether you call yourself a ‘political writer’ or not, writing is political
BIYI BANDELE is British-based Nigerian writer, dramatist and filmmaker, who trained at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). His creative credits include Burma Boy (novel), Half of a Yellow Sun and Fifty (films) besides other stage productions. In this wide-ranging interview with OLATOUN WILLAMS of Borders – Africanist & Global Interviews, Bandele…
Usman: Cartoons shown on Nigerian TV should reflect local environment
From April 29 through May 2, 2018, the Nigerian Folklore Society (NFS) will hold its yearly conference at the Bayero University, Kano, in conjunction with the university’s Centre for Research in Nigerian Languages and Folklore. President of the society, historian and writer, DR. BUKAR USMAN, spoke with ANOTE AJELUOROU about the relevance of the conference…
11th Jos Festival of Theatre 2018 begins March 4
The 11th Jos Festival of Theatre will open in Jos, Plateau State, on March 4. Over the last decade, the Jos Festival of Theatre has become a nurturing ground for Nigerian artists to showcase their talents...
James: Creating platform for mental development and information
I give all the glory to God Almighty. The awards encourage me to keep doing the little ‘nothing’ that I have been doing. I feel excited whenever I am called upon for an award, mostly the ones that appreciate the things I do.
‘Drumming is spiritual and it cuts across the globe’
Isioma Williams is a multitalented artist. Apart from being an art consultant, Founder/Artistic Director of DrumsView Concept (an art academy for the youths), creator and director of Sights and Sounds de L’Afrique...
70 brush strokes for the master painter, art administrator
When various organisations and institutions, including Lagos State Government, roll out the drums for master painter, Kolade Oshinowo at 70, a symbol of excellence in studio and academic practices would be celebrated.
Nigerian theatre practice yearns for home-grown Innovation, says Mbajiorgu
It is for the same role that professional dramatists are trained for which our leaders hardly recognise and encourage. Conflict and conflict resolution is precisely what drama is all about.
Author seeks revival of reading culture, unveils publishing company
A U.K.-based author, Ibitola Ojoye-Adebayo, has called on government and other stakeholders to ensure that funding for reading materials and education in general are adequately utilized to prevent the vicious circle of illiteracy in the country.